DAISY DEOMAMPO, then an assistant professor at Fordham University, New York, New York, was given funding in August 2013 to aid engaged activities on 'Policy, Health, and Women's Rights: An Engaged Project on Transnational Surrogacy in Mumbai, India.' This engaged anthropology project emerged from dissertation research on the global surrogacy industry in Mumbai, India, in which prospective parents travel across national borders in pursuit of assisted reproductive technology (ART) services such as gestational surrogacy, egg donation, and in vitro fertilization. This project comprised two primary activities. First, with the assistance of a translator, the grantee conducted a participatory workshop with current and former surrogate mothers and egg donors. This workshop focused on women's concerns around the health, medical, and contractual aspects of surrogacy, with the goal of articulating key concerns for inclusion in ongoing ART policy debates. Second, with the assistance of the Advanced Centre for Women's Studies and the School of Development Studies, the grantee presented research findings at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences to an audience of scholars, students, and research participants. This project brought together diverse actors in order to disseminate key research findings and to provide a forum for local actors to share their experiences and voice their concerns about ART regulation. Future activities include the development of articles for publication in mainstream media outlets and for sharing with the broader community involved in ART policy debates in India and beyond.
Engaged Anthropology Grant
Deomampo, Ms. Daisy, Fordham U., New York, NY - To aid engaged activities on 'Policy, Health, and Women's Rights: An Engaged Project on Transnational Surrogacy in India,' 2014, Mumbai, India